Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Teaching a person to read one book at a time

Reading has always been a passion of mine. Like those who swear by the healing effects of spas, gyms, yoga, meditation...reading is my zen. Growing up in a large family; reading was expected & encouraged over tv & video games. But there are many here in the US & abroad that cannot read. Close to 776 million adults worldwide lack minimum literacy skills. Two-thirds of them are women. 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. Correlations have shown that illiteracy & poverty go hand in hand. Today is International Literacy Day. Started on November 17, 1965, the aim is to highlight the importance of literacy. What can we do as a world joined? Check with your local libraries for events. Donate your old books & time to read at local libraries, schools, nursing homes, adult education classes. Find 15 minutes a day to read with your kids or for yourself. Remember.... The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

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